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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12: Singer and songwriter Pat Benatar performs at the Revlon Run/Walk for women held at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on May 12, 2007 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)

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Pat Benatar: “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”

The Hook: It may be a classic, but she really doesn’t want to sing it.

Album: Crimes of Passion

Year: 1980

Writer: Eddie Schwartz

Stats: Peaked at number-9 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Background: Pat Benatar and her husband and guitarist Neil Giraldo have both made it clear in interviews that “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” is not their favorite song to perform. Pat talks about one way she’s dealt with fans really, really wanting to hear it in concert.

Pat Benatar on how she gets around the fact that while her fans want to hear “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” she no longer relates to it and doesn’t want to sing it. OC:…it’s fun. :10

“I make them sing it. I mean, I only sing a little of it and I tell them, ‘You want to hear this song and I really can’t sing this song, so if you want to hear it, you’re going to have to sing it.’ And they’re more than happy to sing it. It’s fun.”